KEY POINTS

  • The Lakers get good news as Anthony Davis' injury is reportedly not serious
  • Davis needs to step up for the Lakers if they want to win the NBA title
  • LeBron James and Davis are unlikely to be their usual selves for the rest of this NBA season

The Los Angeles Lakers' chances of achieving back-to-back NBA title conquests are not yet over. However, that would depend on how Anthony Davis will play from here on.

According to the latest update on the 6-foot-10 center, the Lakers may still have a lifeline as Davis is not expected to miss time. The update was reported by Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet who mentioned that the eight-time All-Star will be starting against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"He left last night’s game in the 1st Q due to back spasms, but Frank Vogel said he’s good to go," Trudell tweeted.

That NBA showdown is ongoing as of this writing, with the Lakers badly needing to hack out a win. Another loss could be detrimental to their NBA playoff chances, and they could end up playing in the play-in tournament.

Normally, Davis would be able to take it easy if a healthy LeBron James is around. The four-time NBA champion is still out of action but could return next week. The only problem is that pundits know that both of the Lakers’ top stars will not be their usual selves at least until the end of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Davis will need to take it up a notch if he wants his second NBA ring. James will still be there, but the load of carrying the purple and gold will need to be distributed from here by head coach Frank Vogel. Other stars need to do their part if the Lakers are to win it all. Right now, achieving the feat of copping their 18th NBA title will take a lot of effort.

The top pick of the 2012 NBA Draft has been trying to recall his old form and appeared to be on his way until that injury against the Los Angeles Clippers. But with him not missing games, anticipation is high that he can continue his progress and hopefully be able to maintain that form throughout the remainder of the current season.

As for James, it remains unknown how efficient he will be after aggravating the same high ankle sprain that kept him out for a large chunk of games for the Lakers. In a previous report, it was mentioned that “The King” plans to return next week as their NBA regular season schedule winds down.

A loss to the Blazers could sink the Lakers further and would be a big blow to their playoff aspirations. They could end up in seventh, a situation where they would have to go through additional games that may place a larger burden and more worries on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | Meg Oliphant